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Prepare for Testing with Writing Stems

Help students answer constructed response questions as they cite evidence from the text. Learn how to use writing stems in class.   Something that’s often repeated during reading class is “Cite your evidence” and “You need to PROVE your answer.” In addition, state test questions often ask students to “use

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Color Coded Files for Organized Lesson Plans

Color-Coded Files for Organized Lesson Plans

How do you stay organized with your daily lessons – and planning ahead? One quick and easy way that I’ve learned – that actually WORKS for me – is using Color-Coded Files for my daily lesson plans. I will admit that I spend WAY too long planning my lessons and

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Still Practicing our Multiplication Facts!

We’ve been working on learning multiplication facts for several months now – and now we’ve added division facts to the mix.  We’re getting better, but I still have several students who are struggling to learn and remember them. Several of my resources have addressed these strugglers and I feel like

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How to Teach Math Word Problems – CUBES Math Strategy

“Using CUBES math strategy for word problems has been a game-changer!” a teacher from Missouri told me. Having a math problem-solving strategy for story problems is essential. Students need a starting point in dealing with all of those words! Math Word Problems Word problems are here to stay.  They pop

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Combining Christmas and Multiplication Facts

Christmas time and holiday seasons are a GREAT time to use excitement as a major motivator! Truly – ANY excuse to practice multiplication facts is wonderful and very necessary! We all know how very, very, very, very, very important it is for our students to learn their multiplication facts.  I

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Struggling with math story problems? CUBES to the Rescue!

If your class struggles with solving math word problems, you’ve come to the right place. Using the CUBES or CUBED problem-solving strategy for math story problems will help your students focus on the steps they need to solve word problems. We love math story problems! Everyone does love word problems

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Excited about …Contractions!

Contractions games have taken over my small group time lately! Playing games with contractions is an engaging way for students to learn while still having fun – they don’t realize that they’re learning!   Contraction Bingo is what students want to play – along with one of the 3 versions

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